Such a child, they're told, is always from another realm: left alone at the edge of a wood while the last bits of moonlight disappear in the sky. Or in a box, wrapped in a blanket with the familiar green and pink stripe hospital nurseries use. She has ten fingers and toes, clear eyes, a lusty yell which they find stirs in them an emotion of such gratefulness; it feels almost infinite. They go home with their new treasure, to what follows after: a life filled not only with pleasure but also pain, which they vow to carry with as much tenderness as they can muster. The child moves farther away from the shore where she was born, of which she has no real memory anyway; she learns to make deals, drive, drink kombucha. She'd prefer not to think of what the old-fashioned still call suitors. This life after all, foundling or not, is all about self- invention. Meanwhile, thickets of silver sprout on the parents' heads. One likes to watch Korean drama on TV. The other has taken up gardening, though there are never any nuggets of gold to be found in the weeds.
Poet Luisa A. Igloria (Poetry Foundation web page, author webpage ) was recently appointed Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia (2020-2022). She is Co-Winner of the 2019 Crab Orchard Open Competition in Poetry for Maps for Migrants and Ghosts (Southern Illinois University Press, September 2020). She is the winner of the 2015 Resurgence Prize (UK), the world’s first major award for ecopoetry, selected by former UK poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion, Alice Oswald, and Jo Shapcott. She is the author of What is Left of Wings, I Ask (2018 Center for the Book Arts Letterpress Chapbook Prize, selected by former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey); Bright as Mirrors Left in the Grass (Kudzu House Press eChapbook selection for Spring 2015), Ode to the Heart Smaller than a Pencil Eraser (Utah State University Press, 2014 May Swenson Prize), Night Willow (Phoenicia Publishing, 2014), The Saints of Streets (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2013), Juan Luna’s Revolver (2009 Ernest Sandeen Prize, University of Notre Dame Press), and nine other books. She is a member of the core faculty of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University which she directed from 2009-2015; she also teaches classes at The Muse Writers’ Center in Norfolk. In 2018, she was the inaugural Glasgow Distinguished Writer in Residence at Washington and Lee University. When she isn’t writing, reading, or teaching, she cooks with her family, knits, hand-binds books, and listens to tango music.